It's safe to say that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be one of 2015's biggest games. It's already been highly anticipated for years, but ever since the game's September release date was revealed, Metal Gear Solid V has felt more tangible than ever.

That feeling is bolstered by the lengthy demos that Konami and series creator Hideo Kojima have been releasing. As launch day looms, Konami is pulling the curtain back just a little bit with every video — if you need any proof of this, just check out the game's huge E3 2015 showing. Very little about the story was actually revealed, but there were plenty of new gameplay mechanics on display. It's not about spoiling the story with too many trailers, but revealing just how open the game's world is.

Showing open-world freedom in a game isn't the easiest thing to do with a video, either — after all, it's not like players can jump in and start controlling a video game. That's where the latest Metal Gear Solid V demo comes in: it's actually four demos in one, with each showing the same mission tackled in different ways.

If one thing's for sure, it's that Metal Gear Solid V will let you do just about anything you could possibly think of.

Again, the mission itself isn't anything players haven't seen before: "A Hero's Way" is all about infiltrating a small outpost, neutralizing its commander and escaping to safety. In the E3 2015 demo, Snake used a combination of two companions, D-Dog (who is actually a wolf) and the D-Walker (which is a small, bipedal tank). It was a more action-packed take on the scenario – especially the ending – but it was far from the only solution available.

In the Free Infiltration Demo, four methods of completing the mission are used: infiltrating alongside a sniper named Quiet, bombarding the base with a helicopter strike and heavy armor, using a remote-controlled rocket to assassinate the commander from afar, and "thinking outside the box" (which we'll let you discover on your own).

After watching the video, it's easy to see just how enormous Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be. There are so many different possibilities that few people would even consider — add to that an insane eye for detail and some stunning graphics, and it's clear why so many people are eager to get their hands on the game.

Thankfully, the long wait for Metal Gear Solid V is almost over: the game is set for release on September 1.


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